Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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The research higher degree and beyond


19 September 2016

In this panel discussion, Admissions and Thesis Proposal Coordinator Dr Kellie Burns joins with two doctoral researchers who have been through their proposal meetings ... 'and lived to tell the tale'. The presentation will aim to demystify the process and experience for students on the first phase of their research higher degrees.

Event details

  • When: 3–5pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Faculty of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E:

  • More info:

  • Speakers: Kellie Burns is Admissions and Thesis Proposal Coordinator with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, citizenship and health. She is interested in the production of schools as pseudoclinical spaces to support health programs and/or outcomes. Dr Burns has been involved in a series of research initiatives investigating the sexual-health knowledge of secondary and tertiary students in Canada and Australia. In particular, their knowledge about human papiloma virus and its transmission. With Associate Professor Helen Proctor, Dr Burns is conducting a socio-historical study into the role played by schools in shaping early 20th-century public health, especially in relation to hygiene, vaccination and the production of gendered expertise. She is working on a book project called Mediating Sexual Citizenship (Routledge, UK), which analyses the production and consumption of emergent sexual subjectivities across multiple media platforms.

    Claire Golledge is undertaking a doctorate in education, using multiple-case-study methodology to examine the classroom practices of exemplary history teachers. She teaches within the Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) curriculum area for the school as well as teaching Australian history in the Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal Studies) program. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Claire taught both history and legal studies in public and independent secondary schools in NSW.

    Becki Simadas graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education) (Honours 1). She is undertaking a PhD in education, extending the ontological and methodological starting points from which we formulate questions about curriculum. Using Carol Bacchi’s "What’s the problem represented to be?" as an analytical tool, Becki aims to consider what type of student citizen-subject the Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum (un)intentionally produces, and how this shapes assumptions about young people’s lives, their families and communities. Alongside her research she regularly teaches in health-education subjects at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. She hopes to complete her PhD in 2017.

The research higher degree and beyond: what happens in a proposal meeting

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


19 September 2016

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